The charming North Norfolk village of Wiveton is within walking distance of the popular coastal villages of Blakeney and Cley-next-the-Sea. Set in a picturesque location overlooking the Glaven Valley Wiveton is home the the multi award winning Gastro Pub The Wiveton Bell and the popular and quite superb Wiveton Hall Cafe and ‘Pick Your Own’ farm. During the late summer the lanes around Wiveton and the paths on The Wiveton Downs are laden with elderberries, which are excellent for wine-making and preserving, later in the year Blackberries and Sloes are abundant.
Wiveton sits on the banks of the river Glaven which up until the 17th century was navigable by sea ships and in medieval times Wiveton was one of the largest port ports on the east coast. The outline of the former harbour can still be seen in the water meadows between Wiveton and Cley. Interestingly the ancient metal mooring rings and marks from ropes belonging to large sailing boats can still be seen on the wall overlooking Glaven Valley on the East side of the church. An artists impression of what the village looked like as a port is painted inside the church and gives a fascinating insight in to years gone by. St Mary’s dates from medieval times and has a remarkable little window high up in the north sanctuary depicting St Mark. This was uncovered in the 1990’s, having been previously bricked up.
Despite the small size of the village Wiveton has become a popular place for people to visit during their stays in the area, not only for the fascinating history and beautiful countryside but also for the superb reputation of the village pub The Wiveton Bell and the Wiveton Hall Cafe, Farm and Shop. The gastro-pub has won numerous awards for its food, always has a superb selection of local ales and has a delightful beer garden (we highly recommend booking in advance for evening meals). Wiveton Hall Cafe has become somewhat of a North Norfolk institution and serving beautiful yet simple food in a location with far reaching views out to sea it is easy to see why! The regular Tapas and BBQ nights they put on there are not to be missed and are incredibly popular with locals and visitors alike. They also offer ‘pick your own’ fruits and an organic farm shop.
The Wiveton Downs are a site of special scientific interest and a local nature reserve of both geological and wildlife interest. Its elevated position above the surrounding countryside gives it excellent views over the villages of Wiveton and Cley-next-the Sea as well the North Norfolk Coast. The permissive walk ways are a delight throughout the year.
Unsurprisingly Wiveton is becoming increasingly popular with visitors to the area and with is close proximity to the coastal villages, superb eateries and wonderful countryside we are sure this wonderful Norfolk villages popularity will continue!